US President Barack Obama allocated US$46.2 billion of the FY2015 state budget to the State Department and the US Agency for International Development (USAID)
The department said in a statement that the new budget shows the continuous US efforts to achieve stability and prosperity with giving priority to achieve internal security and development across the world.
The department announced allocating $7 billion to enhance stability, security and economic partnership with Middle East countries. The State Department seeks assisting regional countries, which undergo interim periods like in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Yemen, in addition to assisting the Syrian people especially the displaced citizens as a result of the conflict there. It also seeks to support reform in the region.
The department expressed strong support to both Jordan and Israel.
The statement also underlined intentions to offer programs, in cooperation with the USAID, to boost security, stability, creating job opportunities and confronting some challenges at the world like extremism, international food security and climate change.
Edited translation from MENA